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Gangs arrive but no police

Seddon Residents of small town with no cop worry as gang members arrive for vineyard work.

T&G buys Apollo Apples for $36m

Apples 4:10pm Horticulture marketer and distributor buys Hawke's Bay apple producer to feed growing export markets.

Rain frustrates wine industry

harvest Rain continues to cause stress for Marlborough's wine industry, but it's not only growers and wineries feeling the pain.

Cheaper milk on the way

GlobalDairyTrade 3:10pm Milk, butter and cheese could soon be cheaper at the supermarket, but shoppers shouldn't expect big price drops.

Clinton lambs rate well

Southland Times photo A Clinton sheep farming family are producing some of the best lambs in the country.

Opinion poll

Do you think New Zealand should open the door to genetic modification in agriculture?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: GM in NZ on farming leaders' agenda

Barns could be the answer

Dairy herd home A move to partly dairy farming indoors seen as a way towards doubling exports by 2025 and maintaining or improving our water quality.

Over-population central to debate

Let's try and look at a few issues around climate change. When you really get down to it, it's about population.

Wider focus key for meat industry

No clarity in call

Dairying alters culture

South Canterbury farmers Bevan Hurst (left) and son, Mark, who has converted part of their land to dairying. Bevan Hurst is an anti-dairy stalwart but the long-time farmer can see why others, including his son, have been keen to convert to dairying.

Dairy price trending down

Milk prices are tipped to fall again at in the latest global dairy auction.

Now the pitch for $5000

Nutrient run-off solutions found

Cheaper milk on the way

Milk, butter and cheese could soon be cheaper at the supermarket, but shoppers shouldn't expect big price drops.

Brooksdale calves top sales

calf Top steer calves offered by the Spencer family from Brooksdale cattle topped the two-day Cheviot calf sales.

Dam halts farmer's plans

A farmer says living in a potential dam site has cost her $170,000 and damaged her health and business.

McAngus doing wonders

More meat for the Muslim world

Brand wins, environment wins

Taupo couple win environmental farming award in combining a desire for sustainable land use with a successful business model.

Growing market for D2S wool sales

wool bales Wool growers have rallied behind Wools of New Zealand ‘s Direct-to-Scour spot market sales option.

Good standard of wool for sale

A large offering of lambs wool and autumn shorn wool attracted good competition at the Christchurch wool sale.

Eyes on the dog trialling prize

Sheep + goat = geep

Clinton lambs rate well

A Clinton sheep farming family are producing some of the best lambs in the country.

Vintner tries luck with pinot

Pierre Casenave A French winemaker from famous Champagne house Veuve Clicquot is working his magic at a Marlborough winery.

Rain frustrates wine industry

Rain continues to cause stress for Marlborough's wine industry, but it's not only growers and wineries feeling the pain.

Winemaking magic

Fungicide resistance shock

T&G buys Apollo Apples for $36m

Horticulture marketer and distributor buys Hawke's Bay apple producer to feed growing export markets.

Seafood farms unscathed

Seismograph, earthquake Marlborough Sounds seafood farmers seem to have so far escaped any damaging currents caused by serious quakes in the Solomon Islands.

Grape spills a hazard

Marlborough ratepayers have forked out more than $9000 in less than two months to clean up grape spills on the roads.

Nufarm NZ closure to cost 59 jobs

GM on agenda

Gangs arrive but no police

Residents of small town with no cop worry as gang members arrive for vineyard work.

Understanding feed crucial

Cow An expert says farmers could achieve milk solids that are 100 per cent of liveweight.

Grazing contract talk vital

Waikato farmers grazing heifers for dairy farmers urged to keep clients informed of the condition of their stock in the wake of the current drought conditions.

Zeroing in on weather information

Gate swings both ways

Farmers urged to discuss suicide

Suicide is more prevalent in farming communities than the city, and people need to talk about it, Southland Federated Farmers president says.

Swing set becomes feeder

Wessel Eksteen and his feeder invention. If Wessel Eksteen's feeder invention looks vaguely familiar, just think about children-sized swings.

Farmers ready to spend

Buoyancy and confidence have brought more farmers to the Central Districts Field Days in Feilding.

Feeding the rural news appetite

Bargains for all

Robotic milking interest growing

New Zealand dairy farming is catching onto the worldwide trend of robotic milking.